Punisher: War Zone
Julie Benz spoke here in Superhero Hype, about her part in the Punisher film, saying: "Her name is Angela Donatelli. She's an Italian from Brooklyn, New York. Unlike Sarah [in 'Rambo'] who is very soft and vulnerable, Angela has got a little bit more of an edge. She's more of a fighter. She's a bit of a momma bear. She's got a little child she's protecting. She's not really happy with anybody. She's kind of in a bad mood." She had more to say (with her new brown locks) here, in Sci Fi Wire "The bad guys are after her, and the Punisher tries to save her. She's a single mother now, who lives with a young daughter. And she's definitely tougher than Sarah [Benz's missionary character in Rambo]. She's got some guts to her."
The Dark Knight
While most of the chatter has been about The Joker, director Christopher Nolan told the Los Angeles Times in their story here that the real key to the film: "Harvey Dent is a tragic figure, and his story is the backbone of this film. The Joker, he sort of cuts through the film - - he's got no story arc, he's just a force of nature tearing through. Heath has given an amazing performance in the role, it's really extraordinary."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Fraggle Rock" (Volume 4) here, "The Mike Douglas Show" (Classic Interviews) here, "Witchblade" (1st Season) here, "Robot Chicken" (Star Wars) here, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6th Season) here, "General Hospital: Night Shift" (Season 1) here and "Route 66" (Season 1, Volume 2) here.
Ray Bradbury Pickets Fox
Lots of news to catch up on today. First, The Weinstein Co. has become the second Hollywood studio (United Artists was first) to sign an interim deal with the Writers Guild of America. Harvey Weinstein told The New York Times: "We need to get people back to work." Secondly, CBS chief Les Moonves said that the deadlock in contract talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers should be broken soon. He said that he is trying to get negotiations between the two sides restarted. Moonves said: "We can finish this television season just fine. The television season ends at the end of May, obviously revenue will be down somewhat because ratings will be down . . . . Our revenue will be down somewhat, but the cost of producing original programming will be down more. I feel guardedly optimistic that [the strike] will be over in the next few months." Finally, George Clooney has made an offer to act as a mediator between the WGA and the AMPTP to end the strikes. Clooney has offered to set up a "mediation panel" to settle the WGA members' grievances, and seeks to ask Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and ER producer John Wells to help him end the dispute. Clooney said: "Our hope is that all the players will lock themselves in a room and not come out until they finish. We want this to be done. That's the most important thing."
In case you haven't seen so far The Golden Globes went to those listed here.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
The Infinite Horizon #2,
& Witchblade #113